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Steve McClaren makes ‘unthinkable’ claim to Wayne Rooney amid Everton link

Derby County senior councilor Steve McClaren believes it would be “unthinkable” for the club to lose manager Wayne Rooney to Everton.

Rooney remains second favorite to become his boyhood club’s next permanent manager behind current caretaker boss and former Toffees team-mate Duncan Ferguson.

McClaren, himself a two-time Rams coach and the club’s ex-technical director who now advises on a part-time basis, spoke lyrically about Rooney’s job and shared behind-the-scenes insight from the past week. at the soccer club.

The 60-year-old also reiterated the position of the administrators on Tuesday night, saying there had been “no approach” from the Premier League club on Wednesday morning.

“He’s doing an amazing job at Derby,” McClaren told Sky Sports’ The Football Show. “What he went through last week, towards the end of the week when I was talking to him on Thursday, there was talk of signings and Jagielka coming in for another six months, maybe eighteen months, planning for the future.

“And then Friday everything changes. (Graeme) Shinnie leaves, (Phil) Jagielka leaves, and he has a game on Saturday. And the way we won that game on Saturday sums up what he did these last six, seven, eight months He has galvanized this club, he has taken control, he is getting results.

“He’s a damn good manager. A damn good manager, he handles the situation, he knows what he wants, he has great respect, great knowledge and he passes that on to the players, and everyone has a cause , and he fights for this cause.

“Losing Wayne Rooney, no, that’s unthinkable for any Derby County fan, any player, any staff member because Wayne Rooney is the leader of Derby County right now.

“And we have a very, very good chance of getting out of what was a miracle situation. He put Derby County in a situation where they could get away with it.”

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McClaren added: “I spoke to the administrators this morning. There has been no approach for Everton’s Wayne Rooney at this time. So he’s a Derby County manager.”

“The fans, the supporters, everyone linked to Derby want him to stay there, and he has a huge, huge game on Saturday against (Nottingham) Forest, and I’m positive, and I know Wayne very, very well. , that’s his only focus right now.”